Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. IBS is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life, and it usually first develops when a person is between 20 and 30 years of age.
The most common symptoms of IBS are:
- Abdominal pain and cramping, which may be relieved by passing stool
- A change in bowel habits – such as diarrhoea, constipation, or sometimes both
- Bloating and swelling of the stomach
- Excessive wind (flatulence)
- Occasionally experiencing an urgent need to go to the toilet
- A feeling of not having fully emptied the bowels after going to the toilet
- Passing mucus in stool
Causes of IBS
Besides the physical causes of IBS , there is evidence to suggest that psychological factors play an important role in IBS. Stress, anxiety and depression are commonly associated with IBS.
There is considerable published evidence on the use of Hypnotherapy for IBS.
Hypnosis helps with the following:
- Relieving symptoms of IBS such as spasm, pain and discomfort.
- Treating the underlying stressors which appear to cause and perpetuate the symptoms.
- Dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression that follow the diagnosis.
- Developing coping strategies.